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Piano Lessons: Octave Technique

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[MUSIC]
Okay
let's talk a little bit about octave
technique.
Just beginning octave technique.
A great way to start is just by playing
scales.
So, I'm going to demonstrate on a couple
of scales and give you some principles.
For sure don't start trying to play
octaves before you can comfortably reach
an octave.
You don't, you don't want to strain your
hand.
[MUSIC]
I can about reach a tenth.
So an octave is very comfortable for me.
So a couple of things.
Always play your fourth finger on the
black key.
[SOUND] So if I'm playing B-flat Major
Scale for example.
[SOUND] I have my fourth finger on every
black key.
So what that watches,
is what that means is I'm not needing to
go in and out as much.
[SOUND] Cuz when my fifth is here, so, so
see how I'm playing D.
My fourth finger is just practically
already touching this E flat.
I'm just moving my hand so you can see.
[MUSIC]
So see how when I'm playing this D?
My fourth finger's already lying down on
the black key next to it.
So this.
[MUSIC]
These I can practically play lagotto
with my bottom finger.
[MUSIC]
So that's, the shifting in and
out is essential to good octave technique.
Is that you're not shifting in and out but
you're staying all in the same place.
Which means your thumb has to play kind of
close to the black piece.
If your thumb scoots down to the end of
the white key, every time,
then you're gonna get a lot of shifting.
So always four on your black keys.
Don't shift in and out.
The other thing is that's helpful, a
helpful principle is to always think of
your thumb leading, whichever hand you're
playing that your sound leads.
So for example in my left hand I'm playing
thumb.
And don't worry so much about my fifth
speaker.
So its not like I'm left playing left all
both equal.
That really spreads my weight out and it
slows me down.
But I just think of leading with my thumb.
[MUSIC]
So same thing with right hand.
[MUSIC]
I'm thinking just
with my thumb not my pinky.
Thumb why thumb is because it's just
naturally where the weight is it's
a naturally stronger finger than your
pinky.
[MUSIC]
So
you can even practice just moving that
thumb,
getting that accuracy playing every, you
know, navigating, pla, playing every note.
Navigating between whites and blacks.
Cuz if you can't do that, you're not gonna
be able to do it.
Do the octave, right, so-
[MUSIC]
You do practice.
Kind of faster than you need to.
[MUSIC]
Now when you add the octave it's the same
principle.
So you see, I'm not doing the in and out,
not doing the five.
But lot's of fours and staying in this
same position.
And then just practicing adding it to your
kind of technical warm up,
so when you play a scale that you also can
play that scale in octaves.
Major and all three forms of minor, and
then eventually in the arpeggios too.
[MUSIC]
You can add it into any arpeggio Octave
practice.
[MUSIC]